WEATHER: Philadelphia: cloudy with rain in the afternoon, high of 54; Harrisburg: mostly cloudy, high of 55; Pittsburgh: sunny, high of 57.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Philadelphia Sheriff Rochelle Bilal, who took office in 2020, is accused in three new whistleblower lawsuits of retaliation and firing staffers who complained about improper spending and sexual harassment, the Inquirer reports.

* The state Senate is currently advancing a measure that could allow political parties to choose candidates for lieutenant governor rather than voters, Spotlight PA reports.

* Democratic Pittsburgh mayoral candidate Tony Moreno has a Twitter account filled with MAGA tweets and praise for Donald Trump, Pittsburgh City Paper reports.

* Campaigns for next year’s races for governor and U.S. Senate are already heating up, NBC10 reports.

* Ex-Trump officials considering runs for office around the country include several prominent Pennsylvania Republicans, The Hill reports.

* Coronavirus updates: A bipartisan group of state lawmakers is working on coronavirus vaccine distribution efforts, Penn Capital-Star reports. Gov. Tom Wolf announced the state has reached an “important milestone” as 600 skilled nursing home facilities in the state are now fully vaccinated, Norristown Patch reports. Penn State Health has opened mass vaccination clinics in Dauphin, Cumberland, Berks and Centre counties, PennLive reports

* Leaders at the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual Economic Forecast meeting acknowledged things are “miserable” and said unemployment is highest in the age 25-44 group, but predicted a speedy recovery once the coronavirus is brought under control, the Morning Call reports.

* The Penn Capital-Star has mapped out the districts of lawmakers who want to impeach Gov. Wolf, including that of state Rep. Darryl Metcalfe (R-Butler).

* Erie mayor Joe Schember announced that he will run for reelection, the Erie Times-News reports.

* Two new candidates are joining the race for Luzerne County Council: a Republican EMT and firefighter and a Democratic behavioral scientist, the Citizens' Voice reports

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer's Will Bunch writes about the future demographics of the state Democratic party.

* State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23rd) writes for the Times-Herald that Gov. Wolf’s green energy policies are similar to strategies that led to recent rolling blackouts in Texas.

* The Erie Times-News has an op-ed from state Reps. Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia/Delco), Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) and Matt Bradford (D-Montco) calling for a higher state minimum wage.

* The Gettysburg Times has an op-ed from State Rep. Dan Moul on strategies for coronavirus recovery.

* The Tribune-Review calls for more young people to get involved in politics.
* The Morning Call has an opinion piece on the fight against gerrymandering.

 

NATIONAL POLITICS:

* Top officials responsible for security at the Capitol on Jan. 6 as it was overrun by a mob backing former president Donald Trump blamed wide-ranging intelligence failures for the deadly attack at a Senate hearing yesterday, The Washington Post reports.

* As the House prepares to vote on a sweeping police reform bill next week, a small group of moderate Democrats is privately pressuring leadership to water down one of the most controversial aspects of the legislation, Politico reports.

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

8 a.m. – The PA House Environmental Resources Committee will meet. Room G50,  Irvis Office, Capitol, Harrisburg.

8:30 a.m. – The joint Legislative Budget and Finance Committee will hold a virtual meeting.

9 a.m. – The PA Senate State Government Committee will meet to discuss the delayed 2020 census's impact. Senate Chambers, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. – Pittsburgh City Council’s Standing Committee will meet. City Council Chambers, City Hall, Pittsburgh.

10 a.m. – Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Public Safety will meet to discuss a resolution authorizing the committee to hold hearings “on the scourge of vehicular hit and run incidents in Philadelphia.” City Council Chambers, City Hall, Philadelphia.

12 p.m. – First Lady Frances Wolf will host a conversation on resources to help small businesses hit by coronavirus live on Facebook with OneLensPA.

 

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KICKER: “You add physical health misery to a miserable economic environment, and that’s a real challenge for keeping people healthy.” – Dr. Brian Nester, CEO and president of Lehigh Valley Health Network, quoted by the Morning Call.